York Region arts community rallies to overturn school board's decision



    AURORA, ON, Aug. 19 /CNW/ - Well known Canadian artists and former
students of the York Region's special "Arts York" Program join forces with
more than 200 parents and students to fight the school board's decision to
immobilize this special and unique program by terminating the funding for
necessary busing services.
    Former Department Head of the Drama Program at Arts York, Jeff Young,
tells us of the well known Canadians who have graduated from the program:
Hayden Christensen (actor - Star Wars) and Adam Brazier (performer - Mamma
Mia) and how "my integrity had been compromised" by the decision of the school
board to cancel the busing services essential to the success of the program
and its availability to students throughout the vast York Region.
    Former and current pupils, parents, a member of provincial parliament,
have united in a special judicial review application to the Ontario Superior
Court of Justice. More than 25 witnesses have filed evidence over how the
school board went about to remove a service essential to the survival of the
unique Canadian arts program and its devastating impact on its continued
success.
    Their application ("Jacques Amelard and Jacques Amelard on Behalf of The
Arts York Constituents", Court File No. CV-08-90654-00) will be heard in the
Ontario Superior Court of Justice on Thursday, August 28, 2008, 9:30 a.m. at
the Court House at 50 Eagle Street West, Newmarket.

    THIS IS AN URGENT APPLICATION TO THE COURT TO SAVE THE PROGRAM BEFORE THE
START OF THE COMING SCHOOL YEAR.





For further information:

For further information: Dave Ruuskanen at (905) 841-1731, or
druuskanen@sympatico.ca

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